Mr Kipling tells office staff they can continue working from home

Mr Kipling tells staff they can continue working from home as chasm between office and manual workers widens

Bosses at the maker of Mr Kipling cakes say staff need not return to the office – declaring ‘work is a verb not a place’.

Premier Foods is the latest firm to embrace hybrid working, telling its 800 office staff to work from wherever they want. It will keep its St Albans HQ open.

But the changes will not apply to its 3,000 factory staff as the chasm between office and manual workers widens.

Cherry on the cake: Mr Kipling’s office staff have been told they can continue to work from home

Premier Foods HR director David Wilkinson said: ‘Work is a verb not a place and whether it’s for a team meeting or personal preference, our office remains open for anyone who wants to use it. What it’s not, is somewhere colleagues have to be for the sake of showing their face.’

Accountant Deloitte is letting staff work wherever suits them but PwC chairman Kevin Ellis is keen to get people in. 

Investment banks are pushing for a return. Goldman Sachs requires proof of vaccination from all staff and clients entering its US offices. 

And online grocer Ocado and meal kit firm Gousto say staff can work anywhere in the world for a month a year.

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